Telegram for America
- Publication date
- ca. 1956
- Public Domain
- Communication: Telegrams
- Digitizing sponsor
- Western Union Telegraph Co.
Promotional film for Western Union Telegraph Company, featuring its history, current practice and emerging technology. Pictures Western expansion; railroads; early hand telegraphy and telegraph keys. Shows 1950s-vintage teletype and paper tape network serving all cities and towns in the United States. Shows telegraphy of service in business, to families, to government, in natural disasters (floods and fires) and in the commodities market. Numerous scenes of 1950s business and industry. Footage of Western Union plant and facilities, including the microwave tower located in the Tenleytown district of Washington, D.C. Considerable coverage of new technology including facsimile (fax) transmission and delivery of telegrams. Also coverage of the "Telmobile," a mobile reception center for fax telegrams that then delivers them to customers in outlying suburban districts.
Close-up of a hand tapping out Morse Code on a telegraph, becomes superimposed with images of cowboys and Indians, a hand written note, a charging calvary
Railroad ties being laid
Close-up of a bundle of paper being dropped off of a car in the city
Close-up of a telegram order being written out about babies being born -- a telegram counter
Pan of skyscrapers
A "desk fax" telegraph machine, man filling out a reply
Man in a hard hat in a construction site speaks on a telephone
Women in an office sitting behind desk telegraph machines
A very cheerful receptionist with flowers on her desk
Sailors at the Western Union station
Close-up of telegraph announcement for a twenty ton crane
Animation -- ticker tape creeps across a map of the United States
Face of telegram receiver as she looks over ticker tape, flashing light bulb blinks near control panel
"Telecar" drives up and parks in front of a house
A chalk board room -- a produce exchange marketplace with executives pointing orders to young man who writes them on the board
A woman in front of a gated ticket window
A housewife on the telephone looks at a small book
Business man at a coin phone (pay telephone)
H.F. Bauman drugstore window
Crowded bleachers of sports fans
A hurricane, a flood
The House of Representatives
A high speed newspaper center, receiving telegrams
A telegram tower
A note being written on a pad with a pencil
Women standing in front of large teleprinters / teletypes, turning dials, etc.
The Pentagon -- service people standing in front of teleprinters
Close-up of a black space in a newspaper
A reporter near an early facsimile machine printing out a page of images and text
A pan past the aisles of telegram machinery in a telegram center
Western Union Telegraph Co. (sponsor) Telegrams Telegraphy Communication Messages Electronic communication
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
- Closed captioning
- ca. 1956
- Run time
As an Amateur Radio Operator I enjoyed seeing how the
technology has changed since then.
The one shocking point was that in 1956 there were 150,000,000
people in the USA. Now, 60 years later, that number has more than
doubled to 320,000,000.
Subject: When America was Leader
Subject: Good film
I believe the previous reviewer was right, at about 13:02 into the film there's a structure fire and it does look like someone jumped off a higher floor, difficult to tell for certain but going frame by frame does show what appears to be someone jumping from that burning building.
Subject: "Someone has jumped from the window!"
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